Stay Warm This Winter With Dal
Different pulses provide you with different nutrients. However, the common quality is that they are packed with high quality proteins. Pulses embrace lentils, peas and beans in the group. The richness of proteins along with the goodness of fibre and antioxidants is the chief reason why legumes are being promoted so strongly by nutritionists. Furthermore, all legumes are hearty, filling, and wonderfully inexpensive. Its time you jumped on to the bean bandwagon!
When it's cold outside, you need power-packed protein rich foods to combat the chill. During the winters, one tends to load up on sugary treats and fatty foods as we crave for comfort. Instead of these, you can swap empty calories for protein-based foods. They are more satisfying, will keep you fuller for longer and have a well-rounded nutritional profile. At the same time, pulses will provide you with a burst of nourishment. This food group also contains immunity-boosting vitamin C, which will help you keep the winter flu at bay.
An ideal winter companion
Chana dal or split Bengal gram is immensely popular in many Indian recipes, some of which are especially made in winters. Served with high quality cereals, the chana dal is a complete protein food. Highly nutritious, this dal is a part of a multitude of recipes – chana dal with winter greens, besan ladoo, chana dal pitha, chana dal halwa, chana-doodhi ki subzi, , chana dal patoli vepudu and lots more. Chana dal proffers these wonderful health benefits:
Packed with cholesterol lowering fibre, the chana dal helps manage the lipid profile effectively; thereby keeping heart disorders at bay.
It has a very low glycemic index, and this along with the soluble fibre is decidedly beneficial for diabetics and insulin resistant individuals.
Chana dal offers a good supply of zinc, magnesium, and calcium.
Comfort in time of winter
While you try some chana dal recipes, there are some winter foods that are classic for a reason. Here are some of legume-based winter dishes that have provided comfort and warmth since decades.
Rajma chawal: An ideal winter dish, it is perfect for a cold, frosty evening! The flavours are incredible, balanced, and addictive while being protein-rich.
Mung beans and chickpeas salad: Make a boiled moong and chole salad with beautiful cherry tomatoes, shredded lettuce and a sprinkling of sev.
Moong dal halwa: A perfect no-fuss dessert, moong dal halwa is absolutely decadent and irresistible.
Stay healthy this winter by opting for Tata Sampann Dals and besan. With their nutritive value intact, these unpolished and wholesome dals will keep your warm and hearty.
This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah
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